Tassi puts up a fight at Hungaroring – the talented young driver proves himself at the Hungarian WTCR race
Budapest, April 30, 2018, The last day of the touring car world championship’s Hungarian race was a real rollercoaster of emotions for the fans of Attila Tassi. The audience could hardly keep up with events last Sunday and the Hungarian fans were not too happy with the race marshals’ decisions.
Sunday was an especially exciting day at the second venue of the WTCR weekend, the Hungaroring where the HELL ENERGY Racing Team with KCMG competitor Attila Tassi took to the starting line as a wildcard. The talented young driver, however, failed to deliver the expected results on Saturday, but at Sunday’s qualifying session it was apparent that a more successful day was at hand as Attila did very well and clocked in at 12th place allowing him to go on to the second qualifying session. The second round went nicely as well, but he lost three laps due to leaving the track but he maintained 12th place meaning he was able to start from position 2 at the weekend’s second, handicap race. Or so he thought the morning before the race. Because the afternoon brought a series of bad news. The marshals penalized Tassi several times, placing him back to 12th then to 22nd and not long before the race, all his qualifications were revoked and he had to start from position 26 in the second and third races. The young driver was not deterred, however, he put up quite the fight for the best possible place and got to 18 in the second. Attila gave his fans something to cheer about on the last leg of the weekend event moving up a place, starting from the 26th position and making it all the way to the 17thplace. Even though the competition was tough, there were no other drivers in the race who were able to come up as far as he did.
“I’m really grateful to have taken part in this weekend. Things did not go quite as planned, but I am not upset that I finished 17th because I was up against some pretty strong opponents and I have learned a lot from the experience. I’ve also had the opportunity to get used to my new car a little more before next week’s opening race of TCR Europe. I did not agree with the marshals’ decision, but I had to accept it and bring out the best in myself and my car despite it. Thank you for all the encouragement and for the Hungarian audience cheering me on all the way, this really gave me the strength to continue after all the setbacks.” said Tassi on Sunday. Te will not have much time to rest because next week he will be in France at the Paul Ricard racetrack fro the beginning of the TCR Europe season.